Suspect Arrested in Sunday Morning Gas Station Killing

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The Raceway Gas Station at 303 E. Ledbetter Drive

Ranji Charles, a Dallas man implicated in two early Sunday morning murders in southern Dallas, is in critical condition at Methodist Central Hospital, police say.

Charles is alleged to have been riding in a car with two men -- Corey Shannon and Elliot Byes -- when the trio pulled into the Raceway gas station near the intersection of Interstate 35 and Ledbetter Drive in a gray Ford Taurus.

At the station, surveillance video shows Charles getting out of the car and popping the trunk and grabbing something, before heading to the passenger side window to talk to Shannon.

Witnesses told police they heard Charles and Shannon argue and then a single gunshot. Then, two witnesses parked near the Taurus saw Charles and Byes haul Shannon's body out of the car.

Byes has told police that he helped Charles remove the body because the suspect was holding a gun to his side and that he observed a gunshot wound to Shannon's head. After removing Shannon, Charles demanded that two of the witnesses give him their cell phones. Surveillance video shows the pair refusing, until Charles retrieves his gun. Charles left the station in the Taurus with two new phones and Byes left on foot.

About a half-hour later, at 3:56 a.m., a 911 operator received a call that a vehicle had crashed into a fence on Cockrell Hill Road. When witnesses went to check on the car's driver, they told 911, he leveled a gun at them and told them to "be gone."

As Dallas Fire and Rescue approached the car, a gray Ford Taurus, they heard a single gunshot, according to police. Paramedics retreated, and police blocked off the area. After ordering the driver to get out of the car, police took the driver -- Charles, who had a gunshot wound to his face -- into custody.

In the car, police found Charles' wallet and driver's license, a .45-caliber handgun and two spent shell casings.

Detectives say details also point to Charles being a suspect in another murder that happened earlier Sunday morning.



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ccory31
ccory31

You know what kills me EVERY TIME I read an article like this?!?!? When Caucasians come offer their evil comments about a person or people they know NOTHING about,just hateful comments,like it makes them feel better or some s**t. I just don't understand the purpose for that,it seems as if you all do it just so it can validate your racist views like "See,I told you THEY don't know how to act. All THEY do is kill one another." YOU GUYS ARE JUST AS HATEFUL AS A SHOOTER,ONLY YOUR WORDS ARE YOUR BULLETS.

P.S....I knew all three on those guys,he shot himself in the face because he probably realized at that very second..."Damn,I just shot my friend over some BS!!"

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Oh they sound like nice fella's; probably REALLY active in local charities, and trying to make the world a better place. 

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

I hope the people that gave their phones up don't have to wait until there's a trial to get them back. There you are, minding your own business at a gas station at 330am on a bad side of town when someone pulls a gun on you and takes your phone. So unfair.

joeinbost
joeinbost

The NRA has a NEW Poster BOY 


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

failed at offing himself, geez, woulda saved a lot of money

TheDarkSide
TheDarkSide

@ccory31


1:  He either shot himself in the face, to pretend that he acted in self-defense. 


2: He DID get shot by one of the other dead guys, and he came back and killed them BOTH.


or 

3: He killed 2 people and was now trying to kill himself. 


I think the answer is either 1 or 2.




ps:  I thought the shooter was WHITE. 

Who says "be gone" , except for Old white guys. ?  

Daniel
Daniel

@ccory31 It's true: The God damned Asians'll getcha every time.

snuffleupagus
snuffleupagus

Nobody here mentioned race but YOU.

But, just to throw you a bone... I knew they were blacks. Thanks for proving it.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ccory13

Until you unleashed your rant, I had no idea the players were black.

In fact, other than yours, there is no comment regarding race at all. I have no idea if you're black, I just know you're not very smart.

Tkwthomas4
Tkwthomas4

Actually Corey was. He belonged to several youth &community uplifting organizations started by young black men. GFLY(GOD FOREVER LOVES YOU)& LINK ALGIERS a community on the west bank of New Orleans, where he is originally from. He was also a devout born again Christian. If you look up his Facebook page you will be able to see all of the uplifting posts that he had to share with his friends& family. Not a day went by that Corey didn't proclaim his love for the LORD. So please don't assume the negative. His Facebook page should be open feel free to have a look for yourself instead of passing judgement. Although he had a troubled past, this man did a complete 360 and followed the path of JESUS CHRIST. Just a little info. #yourewelcome

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JustSaying @ScottsMerkin

I say we give him another go at it, along with your helpful advice.

You know what they say, everyone deserves a second chance.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@kergo1spaceship Every time I see one of those Fast and Furious cars it takes every bit of self control that I can muster to not pull and Axel Foley and put a few bananas in their giant exhaust pipes.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @JustSaying I drive a fast and the furious'ish car, but I cant pull off the flat bill.  But mine also doesnt sound like a fart can of bees when I drive it in my neighborhood either

juiciec
juiciec

God kept him hear for a rsason he want fo go oit like a coward he needs to suffef

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@TheCredibleHulk Since they found two spent shell casings in the car, wouldn't it be a third chance?  Unless one of the shells was from the bullet that killed the first guy.

juiciec
juiciec

And before that he stabbed his wife veronica charles over 40 times and left her three daughters to find her in bed &witness the massacre that sunday morning...#devilshowedout

ZyZyGabore
ZyZyGabore

@juiciec oh wow he stabbed her and shot his friend. Whats the connection?

juiciec
juiciec

He thought she was cheating cause he was cheating idk why he killed his friend or his wife maybe he told him what he did to her and shannon was going to tell what he did idk yet im friends with her family and eveyone is just in shock no one really knows why he snapped but he told her daughter he was going to kill her mom just the day before and shes just a child her self my heart aches for those children and ppl on here really need to stop with the judging at the end of the day everybody has to answer to god and if the relationship fails just move on its not worth taking someones life....#godhavemercy

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